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A Spatial Knowledge Economy

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  • Donald R. Davis
  • Jonathan I. Dingel

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Leading empiricists and theorists of cities have recently argued that the generation and exchange of ideas must play a more central role in the analysis of cities. This paper develops the first system of cities model with costly idea exchange as the agglomeration force. Our model replicates a broad set of established facts about the cross section of cities. It provides the first spatial equilibrium theory of why skill premia are higher in larger cities, how variation in these premia emerges from symmetric fundamentals, and why skilled workers have higher migration rates than unskilled workers when both are fully mobile.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 18188.

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Date of creation: Jun 2012
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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:18188

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  1. Paul Beaudry & David A. Green & Benjamin M. Sand, 2013. "Spatial Equilibrium with Unemployment and Wage Bargaining: Theory and Estimation," NBER Working Papers 19118, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Holger Breinlich & Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano & Jonathan R.W. Temple, 2013. "Regional growth and regional decline," Economics Discussion Papers 729, University of Essex, Department of Economics.
  3. Kohei Nagamachi, 2013. "Comparative Advantage and Skill Premium of Regions," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(3), pages 1681-1694.

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